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Anyone around here a big MySpace user?

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  • Not a big one, no, but I've recently set up a profile for a NZ singer

    http://www.myspace.com/bicrunga

    and am in the process of settiing up a further 3 profiles for other local bands / artists.

    Why'd'ya ask?

  • Well, mine:

    http://www.myspace.com/jannar85

    Bic Runga? Hey, I've heard about it!


    Maybe TellTale wants us to put up some Bone banners over there ;) Maybe I should do that anyway.

    *runs*

  • Jannar... you don't look anything like Fone Bone! My world is shaken to the core. :D

    The reason I asked is that we were talking about MySpace today, in the context of maybe setting up a Sam & Max page over there, and realized no one in the office really knows that much about it. Like - why do people use MySpace? Mainly as a networking site... to "collect" friends on your list... or do you actually meet people through it? Do you use it to seek out interests (like new bands, movies, or games)? If Sam & Max had a presence on MySpace, would you tell your MySpace friends about it?

    Those are some of the questions that came up, but we're interested to hear pretty much anything that people who have used MySpace can tell us about it!

    Some other questions were who we'd be able to reach if Sam & Max had a page... can we send emails to everyone who has signed up as a friend, or is that considered bad form? How do we reach new people? Would it be okay to email people who have listed adventure games or Sam & Max as their interests and give them a heads up about Sam & Max's MySpace page? And of course, the big question, that might be impossible to answer -- would raising awareness about Sam & Max on MySpace have any effect, or are we just going to be reaching the same people who already visit our website?

    Also - please do use Bone banners on your MySpace page if you want. (Be sure to use the code we've embedded on that page -- it helps us to see that people who click those banners came to us from your MySpace page...) You can also embed a Sam & Max comic on your MySpace page if you want. :D

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    Emily Myspace is all about one thing... PROMOTION .. movie companies are now setting up myspace profiles for their latest movies..record companies have profiles for artists.tv shows set up profiles..Lost has profiles for all their characters..family guy has their own profile and also profiles for characters...etc Since Sam and Max is a Season and in episodic format it would make perfect sense to have Sam and Max have their own profile..

    Do you use myspace to seek out interests (bands movies games?

    Yes and many people do. It is also a great way to keep up to date and with the latest news on these bands..check out trailers etc

    If Sam & Max had a presence on MySpace, would you tell your MySpace friends about it?

    Basically people would put sam and max in their top friends list.
    Someone sees sam and max in another friends list..they then add sam and max..and it builds and grows from there..

    Some other questions were who we'd be able to reach if Sam & Max had a page... can we send emails to everyone who has signed up as a friend, or is that considered bad form?

    You can send out messages..many people do. But more commonly used is "the bulletin" you post bulletin messages and all your friends can see the latest news etc.

    How do we reach new people? Would it be okay to email people who have listed adventure games or Sam & Max as their interests and give them a heads up about Sam & Max's MySpace page?

    Are you serious? thats all people do.. especially unsigned artists.. That is a good way of adding people.

    would raising awareness about Sam & Max on MySpace have any effect, or are we just going to be reaching the same people who already visit our website?

    It would have a big effect, because your friends list grows.. if sam and max on myspace catches on.. suddenly you can have 20, 000 friends..and you can send out bulletins to people who aren't gonna visit telltales site every day.


    If you need help setting it up, PM or e-mail me.. I know my way around myspace

  • With the music side of things, which is the angle I'm coming from, people can add your artist's song to stream on their MySpace profile. So people can be exposed to your artist by visiting a 'friend' who has that music playing. Then they get interested in the song and follow the link back to the profile.

    You may be able to work a similar thing with the webcomics.

    There's now a dedicated comedy section to myspace, similar to the music section.

    http://comedy.myspace.com/

    You might find there are benefits to putting Sam & Max in that section rather than as a 'regular user'.

    And while almost all MySpace profiles are butt-ugly due to the ridiculous back-end design limitations there are a number of hacks and workarounds used to make the profiles a little more aesthetically pleasing.

    The best one I've found so far (and the one I use on Bic Runga's profile) is Mike Industries.

    Might be worth checking out.

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    Also you could post blogs on your profile.. add the sam and max trailer to your profile..also add the web comics.. have a look at http://www.myspace.com/familyguy to see how they've done their profile

  • The community aspect of this almost reminds me of what Geocities was 10 years ago... before they were bought out by Yahoo. (You guys probably have no idea what I'm talking about... gah, I feel old.)

    Do you know if we can set it up stuff like blog entries or news to come from our RSS feed, or if we would have to add them manually?

    Also, thanks for the Mike Industries link, JP - looks like there's some good info there.

    Another question that came up today was how groups work. I see that there's a LucasArts group, for appreciation of the old LEC games. If we join that group, can we send a blanket email to everyone who's part of it? Or would they have to be on Sam & Max's friends list first?

    Thanks for the info so far... very helpful!

  • [quote]The community aspect of this almost reminds me of what Geocities was 10 years ago... before they were bought out by Yahoo. (You guys probably have no idea what I'm talking about... gah, I feel old.)[/quote]

    Hey! Who's old? I had a GeoCities site before the Yahoo buyout. It's still up though very, very abandoned (I don't actually have the login info any more, and as I've changed emails I can't recover it). The site's very embarrasing (mind you, it is what led me to my present career as a web / graphic designer in the NZ Music industry).

    [quote]Do you know if we can set it up stuff like blog entries or news to come from our RSS feed, or if we would have to add them manually?[/quote]

    There may be a workaround, but looking at the blog options and blog posting screens, I see nothing that would allow it to be posted any way other than manual cut-and-paste duplication.

  • [quote]Hey! Who's old? I had a GeoCities site before the Yahoo buyout. It's still up though very, very abandoned (I don't actually have the login info any more, and as I've changed emails I can't recover it). The site's very embarrasing (mind you, it is what led me to my present career as a web / graphic designer in the NZ Music industry). [/quote]

    Hahaha... here's mine. (And here... being an internet newbie, I was a stickler for backing up old iterations of my website back then!) I don't remember the "street number" anymore but it was in SoHo. I actually had three sites linked together because I kept running out of space.

    EDIT: I'm going to regret posting those links. [:">]

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    [quote]Not a big one, no, but I've recently set up a profile for a NZ singer

    http://www.myspace.com/bicrunga

    and am in the process of settiing up a further 3 profiles for other local bands / artists.

    Why'd'ya ask?[/quote]
    Hey, I have an album on which she makes a guest appearance. I always skip that track.

    Anyway, regarding the subject of the thread, generally I avoid it like the plague.

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